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Campaign finance reports show lots of loans, few outliers

Campaign finance reports show lots of loans, few outliers


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Campaign yard signs are just one expenditure for candidates during election season.

Election finance filings are in, and Los Altos appears to be hosting a few financially lopsided races.

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Schools

Three Los Altos schools earn National Blue Ribbon designation

Three Los Altos schools earn National Blue Ribbon designation


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Bullis Charter School students wear their school spirit clothing to greet their mascot Oct. 3 in celebration of being named a National Blue Ribbon School.

Blach Intermediate, Egan Junior High and Bullis Charter schools ea...

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Community

Sports

Spartans run wild(cat) on Eagles

Spartans run wild(cat) on Eagles


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High running back Austin Johnson goes for a big gain after evading Los Altos High defensive tackle Phil Alameda in Friday’s game. Johnson scored two touchdowns for the Spartans.

After unveiling its wildc...

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Comment

Logan, McClatchie, Peruri for LASD board: Editorial

This is a crucial time for the Los Altos School District. Its leadership faces the challenge of balancing enrollment growth versus maintaining the small, neighborhood schools that make it a very popular district to attend. The district must also adap...

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Special Sections

City's minimum-wage hike earns mixed reviews: Raise to $10.30 an hour meets with approval – and concern

City's minimum-wage hike earns mixed reviews: Raise to $10.30 an hour meets with approval – and concern


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Tandava Waldon, left, manager of East West Bookstore on Castro Street in Mountain View, works with a customer. Waldon said the recently approved minimum-wage hike will have little impact on his business. “It’s not such a...

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Business

Delay Social Security? An easy way to decide

One of the most heatedly debated questions regarding Social Security is when to start.

You have the option of initiating benefits as early as age 62 or as late as age 70. The longer you wait, the larger the monthly payment you will receive over your...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

SUZANNE MONICA DIMM SPECHT

SUZANNE MONICA DIMM SPECHT

Suzanne Monica Dimm Specht passed Tuesday, Sept. 9th at the age of 84. Sue was born on April 21, 1930 in Portland, Oregon. After graduating from the University of Oregon in with a degree in Music, Sue taught in a little town called Clatskanie, Oreg...

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Travel

Los Altos resident's visit to North Korea proves enlightening

Los Altos resident's visit to North Korea proves enlightening


Courtesy of Sally Brew
North Korea is home to many monuments honoring its “Dear Leaders,” left.

In August, I traveled for 11 days with MIR Corp. to North Korea, a fascinating country that is almost completely cut off from the rest of the world. ...

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Stepping Out

'Trovatore' takes the stage in Palo Alto

'Trovatore' takes the stage in Palo Alto


Courtesy of José Luis Moscovich
West Bay Opera’s production of “Il Trovatore” is slated to open Friday night in Palo Alto and run through Oct. 26.

West Bay Opera’s production of “Il Trovatore” (“The Troubadour”) is scheduled to open this weekend...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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BCS expands board with two new members

The Bullis Charter School Board of Directors added two new members to its ranks, expanding from seven members to nine.

The addition of Jennifer Carolan and Sang Yoo reflects the growth of the school in recent years, as registration tops 600 students.

“Jennifer and Sang both bring great insights into public education and, as parents of Bullis students, they truly understand the needs of our students and teachers,” said Ken Moore, board chairman. “Enrollment continues to increase as we enter our 10th year as a charter school, and the added support from Jennifer and Sang will help us continue to provide an innovative education for all of our students.”

Carolan has been a presence in public education across Silicon Valley since she began teaching in the Palo Alto Unified School District 10 years ago. She earned a master’s degree in curriculum and teacher education from Stanford University, where she also taught Innovations in Teaching at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design.

Carolan is currently a managing partner at NewSchools Venture Fund, a venture philanthropy fund focused on transforming public education so that all children – especially those in underserved communities – have the opportunity to succeed. She oversees the company’s Seed Fund, which provides capital to early-stage education technology companies. She serves on the boards of Equal Opportunity Schools and BetterLesson.

“With her experience working with education ventures, Jennifer is very accustomed to thinking in new directions and finding fresh solutions, and those skills will be a tremendous asset to Bullis,” Moore said.

Yoo has been a parent volunteer at Bullis Charter School for the past five years and recently served as chairwoman of the Bullis Boosters Club. She previously held hardware engineering and management positions at several technology companies that produced microprocessors and workstations for professional and technical applications. She earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University.

“Because Sang has been a key part of the Bullis culture over the past five years, she is tremendously knowledgeable about almost every facet of the campus and its programs and curriculum,” Moore said. “There’s not a resource we have that she isn’t aware of, and we’ll be able to make the most of everything we have with her ideas and insights.”

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